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heating up to temp. question. HELP

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

Hello ,

I have a smoke hollow 4-1 smoker. First smoke started today. I have royal oak lump charcoal going with a couple pieces of hickory wood. Have side vent opened up 1/2 " and top chimney opened up 1/2 way. can't get my temp higher than 186 degrees. Can anyone help me with this. I did do ALL the modifications suggested. It turned into a fun and loving project:)

But I'm stuck. I have three slabs of ribs on grate. water pan below them. any suggestions ???? 

Thank you in advance to anyone who could help...




post #2 of 8
Is. The charcoal fully lit and hot! What's the weather like? Here in Arizona my smoker gets to 120-140 inside without any fire at all.
Every time you open the lid the temp goes down.
I'd open the e side vent and slightly close the the out going top vent just some. And see where your at in 20 mins
post #3 of 8

Did you start with hot water? I would say open the stack and inlet all the way to get temp up then control by moving vent only. Leaving the stack full open for good draw. That's what I do with my smoke hollow 4-1. I mainly use it as a stick burner and have had at time to keep the fire box door open a crack to improve the air flow. Keep smoking LOW AND SLOW.

post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 

 I did start with hot water... As of now the smoker is fully hot! I added more charcoal. finally got it up. i realized even opening the fire box top lost me 30 degrees. thought it would be faster to drop coal in. the side door only lost about 10 degrees. I am in NY and it's a pretty hot day out. probably around 85. 

Damn, since cleaning up and writing this its down to 115. UGH!

post #5 of 8

One thing I did add to my 4-1 was a 3/16 thick plate cut to fit under the cook grate of the fire box. It did a lot to keep from losing heat from the lid and direct it to the cook chamber.

post #6 of 8

Is your temp gauge working correctly ?



Gary S

post #7 of 8

Stock gauges can be way off. Be sure of the actual temp in the pit.


As stated earlier, I would fully open the exhaust vent and the intake vent to get air flow and get you up to temp.  Then leave the exhaust vent fully open and use the intake vent to maintain correct temps.


Good luck and good smoking.

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